Removing Wall Above Old Doorway Completely in 2 up 2 down Property


Postby sankesolutions » Thu Mar 31, 2016 6:43 pm

I live in a house which used to be a 2up2down and at the top of the stairs you turned left or right to go into the front or back bedroom at some point the back bedroom was turned into a bedroom and bathroom and the old door into back room, was removed and it made a little hallway.

This is on the second floor, and what I want to do is remove the wall above the old doorway to make it feel less cramped. At the top of the stairs is a loft hatch.

You can see some photos and a crude floor plan at https://goo.gl/photos/WhRtSGGV2YkRGL4E8

Im in a bit of a quandry as to whether removing this is safe. I could put a new lintel in right at the top, so there is less of a wall and I think this would be fine, but im leaning towards putting in a bigger loft hatch with a drop down ladder. To do this would mean extending the hole over the current doorway.

I have no issue that the roof beams will be OK, its only a loft and when I extend the hole I would make sure the new timbers around it are doubled up and done properly. However the wall the doorway is in, will now no longer be tied into the party wall.

Is this a problem? Its still tied in the other end and i could attach the beams above to it, but the bit above the doorway will be gone.

Any thoughts on what best to do? new loft hatch or lintel and leave it as it is? The hatch is quite small.
sankesolutions
Rank: Labourer
Progress to next rank:
0%
Posts: 1
Joined: Thu Mar 31, 2016 6:27 pm

Sponsor

Simply Build It

Postby welsh brickie » Fri Apr 01, 2016 4:29 pm

you could remove the brickwork, and replace it with glass blocks, and tie into the wall with metal rods.
This will give you extra light, and help to tie in the walls.
welsh brickie
Rank: Project Manager
Posts: 2596
Joined: Sat Apr 12, 2008 7:54 am

Display posts from previous
Sort by
Order by



  • DIY How to Project Guides

  • DIY how to tutorial projects and guides - Did you know we have a DIY Projects section? Well, if no, then we certainly do! Within this area of our site have literally hundreds of how-to guides and tutorials that cover a huge range of home improvement tasks. Each page also comes with pictures and a video to make completing those jobs even easier!



 


  • Related Topics